The world of modern cosmetic skincare has come a long way. If you want to see a great deal of evidence for this, check out how fantastic some of today’s TV and movie stars look in their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. Folks gracing the silver screen just several decades ago aged much less gracefully and looked significantly older at younger ages. This stemmed in part from having quite a bit less knowledge about skincare and much fewer options.
Great skincare is a combination of your routine at home, at-home remedies, and professional services when you need extra help. In this post, we’re going to share some of the top tips we give to our patients to round out their at-home skincare routines and maintenance after they’ve been to us.
Nutrition Plays a Major Role in Healthy Skin
Learn what foods you can eat to build new, healthy tissue and nourish your skin with the nutrients it needs to radiate. For example, cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties that benefit your skin (and body) on many fronts. They go great in a salad with tomatoes, which just so happen to be filled with lycopene, a very potent antioxidant that also protects your skin. You see where this is going.
Learn About Foods That Make Great Moisturizers
In addition to consuming some foods for better skin, you can also use food in various ways on your skin to moisturize, hydrate, and protect it. Milk or buttermilk, for example, may be used to hydrate dry skin and improve the appearance of some wrinkles. Avocadoes pulverized into a paste can be used to moisturize and deliver nutrients directly to the skin’s surface.
Honey is Practically a Miracle Product for Skincare
Speaking of food-based skincare tips, honey deserves an entry all its own. Honey has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s antibacterial. It’s a humectant and an emollient, meaning it’s good at trapping moisture and softening skin. And, oh yeah, it can also help heal minor wounds and reduce the appearance of scarring in some cases.
Hot Showers Drain Moisture from Your Skin
Sure, there’s nothing like a hot shower. But try not to shower with water that’s too hot, as these showers can actually dry out your skin.
Use Sunscreen Daily
Nearly any skincare or health professional will tell you relentlessly about the benefits of daily sunscreen use. Get in the habit of using it not only when it’s sunny out, but EVERY day. This will save you from years of premature signs of aging.
Use Sunscreen with Broad-Spectrum Protection
Many people buy their sunscreen solely based on the SPF number, but a high SPF number doesn’t actually mean you’re protected from all the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure to look for a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and broad-spectrum protection mentioned on the label.
Moisturize Your Whole Skin
Many people focus most or all their attention on facial skincare at home. However, you need to think about your skin holistically. The skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s a complex system. Ensuring it’s getting what it needs all over means it doesn’t have to divert resources and energy away from more visible areas of your body.
Hydrate Your Skin Inside and Out
Water is the key to youthful-looking skin. In fact, the ingredients in many skincare products are designed specifically to help your skin draw in and retain water in its cells. Make sure you’re filling your body with all the water it needs to flush the bad stuff out of your cells and fill them with the essential elements they need to protect you and make you look great.
Sleep Hygiene is Immensely Important If You Want Healthy Skin
When you are well-rested, the level of cortisol, an important stress hormone, decreases in your body. This is essential for healthy skin, as lowered cortisol levels signal your body to repair the damage that it has sustained throughout the day.
Speaking of stress hormones, this is one of the most valuable and often overlooked skincare tips we give our patients. Take a walk at work, schedule some “you” time on the weekend, or take up some daily guided meditation. All these stress-relieving activities can actually improve issues such as oily skin, acne, and itchy skin.
Ready to Really Level-Up Your Skincare Routine?
Great skincare is one of the best things you can do in your daily efforts to maintain a vibrant, youthful look. If you’re experiencing early signs of aging or suffering from damage that isn’t being reversed through at-home skincare alone, it’s time to talk with the experts.
Contact our practice to learn more about all your exciting professional skincare options.